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Report: Soler to make decision "before tomorrow"

Report: Soler to make decision "before tomorrow"

George A. King, who last week quoted an industry source as naming the Cubs the favorite, now says that Jorge Soler will make a decision soon.  Very soon.

According to an industry source, free agent outfielder Jorge Soler is expected to agree on a four-year deal before tomorrow.

Similarly, ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted the following,

The representative for Cuban OF Jorge Soler is calling to ask teams if their bids are final. Cubs,NYY, LAD, ATL have been involved.

Like King's source earlier, Olney considers the Cubs the favorite,

About the Soler bidding: Yankees said to bid heavy; other teams view Cubs as the favorite; could always be sleeper teams, too.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports also chimes in with good news for Cubs fans who are hoping to land the potential impact player.

 One exec's view of Soler bidding is that Theo won't allow #Cubs to lose. New restrictions on draft and int'l spending ...

We'll have it here for you when Soler decides, but it appears it's getting very, very close.  I'll have to admit it makes me wary when so many are saying the Cubs are the favorites here.  That's what everyone thought about the Marlins and Soler and then the Oakland A's cam out of nowhere.  But we'll see, the Cubs have worked really hard to court Soler, so Rosenthal's source makes a lot of sense.

 

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Tags: Jorge Soler

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  • I don't think we will out bid, but the number of years the Cubs
    want might be a problem.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    Years is also a factor, as is the possibility of an MLB deal, which would artificially speed up his timetable.

  • Yes it would, but if he the guy then go all out for him.

  • Just give the kid 7 years 50 million and call it a day , I wouldnt want 4 years , He'll be in the minors for what 2-3 years minimum

  • In reply to Bryan Craven:

    After losing Cespedes, I don't see the Cubs as letting the years get in the way again. Nobody expected anyone to accept that deal and the A's wound up pulling out the rug out from under everyone.

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    I think a four year deal for this kid is ridiculous. He could very well be in the minors for three if not all of them. There has to be some kind of option/clauses involved. I understood cespedes flocking to the four year deal because he was already 26 so it made a lot of sense but for a 19-20 year old? Again ridiculous to me. He'll be a free agent at 24-25. No.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    It doesn't make any sense other than getting a 4 year look at him and then deciding if he you want to keep him, re-sign him (since the Cubs would have exclusive rights at this point). If he's a bust, let him loose and cut your losses.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I understand that. But if he ends up being a Justin Upton type talent and exceeds even his already high expectations he could get very expensive very fast.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    If he becomes a Justin Upton type player in his early 20s, I don't think anyone is going to complain. The Cubs can afford to pay for him. That's the advantage they have being in a large market.

  • So we'll know "the day before tomorrow"? That's the day after yesterday, right?

  • In reply to Taft:

    Same thing ;) But who knows...they may make their decision, but we may not know about it right away.

  • the 4 year is he get paid that much in the minors or as all as those 4 years then once those 4 years are up we get the 6 years of arbitration

  • Oooh I'm excited, we can't lose this guy.

  • In reply to Tom Loxas:

    Wouldn't it be a blast if Kasper announced the signing live during today's game?

  • In reply to Tom Loxas:

    No question, Tom. This one's a must get.

  • Theo should make a move not to please the fans or media, but
    his signing would show everybody that he is here to win for
    the long term. Also making deals for top prospects would
    just make the (re)building process that much better.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    I don't think this FO is going to make any decisions simply to please people. They're going to do what they think is best for the team whether us fans like it or not.

  • I've always felt that the Cubs were going to get Soler, especially after losing out to Cespedes. For the Cubs this IS a must get , and when the Cubs under Theo want someone, chances are they will get him.

  • In reply to Steve Flores:

    I hope you're right. I'm still very nervous about it.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    John, isn't Concepcion on of Soler's best friends?? I recall hearing that a few months back

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    That's the story. And Soler was also a teammate of Yasiel Balaguert, who plays in Peoria. Played in the same OF with Soler in Cuba.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Could be a deciding factor...I'm totally geeked up, this could be HUGE!!!!

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    All things equal, I would think the Cubs would have to have some advantages. The Dominican Academy is also huge, though the Yankees, Rangers have one too.

  • The agony and the ecstasy of Starlin Castro, all in one play. Anyone watching the bottom of the seventh knows what I mean.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    Got to give him credit for sticking with that and finishing the play. I'll take that first error because he was eager to make a play, much better than forgetting the number of outs.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Agreed, I much prefer sins of commission versus sins of omission in this case.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I think he gets a lot of credit there. Physical errors happen to everyone. That he was hustling and was alert enough to make the putout at the plate speaks to a maturing ballplayer. And Sveum gave him five in the dugout after the game. Made me very happy.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    You got to like that about Sveum. You'll make errors but as long as you're playing heads up, he'll pull for you.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Don't forget the other half of the play. A fabulous block of the plate by Koyie Hill helped finish the play successfully.

  • In reply to MoneyBoy:

    Good point. Hill was textbook on that play.

  • For those of us that grew up watching Dunston, we know it will
    sometimes be hard to watch. Castro a very big part of our
    long term future. No team will offer us enough to get him.

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    In reply to emartinezjr:

    I'll never forget Whitey Herzog's assessment of Shawon, " now I know why the Cubs drafted him ahead of Gooden, he's got a better arm"!! I think Castro will be an all around superior player to Dunston, but man that guy hustled ALWAYS!!!!

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    I remember that too. That was the game where they clocked him at 97 mph hour or something on a throw to first. How great was that arm that they put a gun on him from shortstop?!

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    LOL!!! He was great and I rememeber some of his diving stabs of low liners headed for the outfield, INCREDIBLE athlete..Too bad his pitch selection was about as good as Josh Vitters', he'd have been a candidatge for the HOF if he'd have been patient at the plate..

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    He had some of the quickest hands in the game at the plate. Could afford to wait back on breaking pitches, and when he was hot, that's exactly what he did. Could run well under 4 seconds to first. If only he had a good approach....

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    oh what could have been......

  • This is incredibly exciting..rivaling the excitement generated by the possibility of acquiring Soriano, Fukudome and of course Bradley...saviors all. The suspense, along with the season, is killing us.

  • Read on another blog that the Cubs have the inside track on Soler...pretty huge price. The source is name Marlin Bistro...very reliable!! I'm cautiously optimistic. By the way, very nice blog!!

  • In reply to kb20:

    Very cool. Hope he's right. That seems to be the word around baseball in general right now, but I'm not going to get too excited until it's official!

  • I agree with kb20, Marlin Bistro is a reliable source. Now this may sound like corn to the rest of you, but it's what I know. He is a phantom of sorts. Drops a nugget of info and then is gone for a month or two. Very much like Zorro or Superman. The name is probably an alias, but he has inside FO sources or is in the FO himself. I've always known him to be accurate and his history goes beyond Theo reign.
    Hope I haven't lost my credibility with this post:-)

  • Report that Dodgers are out:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/06/11/the-dodgers-are-out-on-jorge-soler/

  • Joel Sherman just tweeted the Cubs won out on the Soler power sweepstakes!!!

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